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Simple, subst. a single ingredient in a compound, especially in a compounded medicine: “the poisonous s. sometimes is compacted in a pure compound,” Lucr. 530. “a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many --s,” As IV, 1, 16. “collected from all --s that have virtue,” Hml. IV, 7, 145. Hence == medicinal herb: “dere is some --s in my closet,” Wiv. I, 4, 65. “smell like Bucklersbury in s. time,” III, 3, 79.* “culling of --s,” Rom. V, 1, 40. “that to provoke in him, are many --s operative,” Lr. IV, 4, 14.
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